Mayor Hodges, Council Member Yang Announce Budget Support to Add, Accelerate Police Training as Part of National Initiative;
Improve Safety and Accessibility at 4th Precinct
In 2016 budget amendments, all officers to be trained in procedural justice, implicit bias next year; crisis-intervention training for all officers to be accelerated
 
December 8, 2015 (MINNEAPOLIS)—Today, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and City Council Member Blong Yang, Chair of the City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Emergency Management Committee, announced their support for two amendments to the Mayor’s proposed 2016 budget that will add and accelerate training in the Police Department and make safety and accessibility improvements at the 4th precinct.
 
The first amendment would fully fund a three-day training in procedural justice for all police officers in 2016, and would accelerate training in crisis intervention for all officers to two years, from the three years currently planned.
 
The training is proposed as part of the implementation plan of Minneapolis’ participation in the three-year National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. Minneapolis is one of six U.S. cities where the Initiative is focusing on strengthening community–police relationships. The three focus areas of the National Initiative are implicit bias, procedural justice — meaning the way police and other legal authorities interact with the public, and racial reconciliation.
 
“This amendment comes out of our long-term engagement with the National Initiative and the recently-proposed implementation plan. It is also a response to the crisis of the last three weeks and an acknowledgment that we need to do more,” said Mayor Hodges. “Ensuring that police officers are fully trained to conduct themselves fairly, recognize and unlearn the biases that we all carry with us, and respond appropriately during crisis is a high priority for residents, businesses, officers, and the community.”
 
“This commitment to increased training reflects the values we have as a city,” said Council Member Yang. “The funding allows the Police Department to intensively train officers on implicit bias and procedural justice. It will result in a more responsive and culturally-competent police force that works for the community it is entrusted to protect and serve.” 
 
The cost of the training package is $305,000will be met through $200,000 in anticipated salary savings in the Police Department next year and by redirecting $105,000 from the Mayor’s street light LED conversion proposal.
 
The second amendment introduced by Council Member Yang, with the support of Mayor Hodges, proposes $605,000 in one-time spending for safety and accessibility improvements at the 4th precinct to better serve officers and the community.
 
Mayor Hodges and Council Member Yang worked to find responsible one-time cuts to fund these amendments. They identified structurally balanced funding sources from programs whose success does not depend on immediate implementation.
 
Funding sources include $95,000 from the street light LED conversion, $360,000 from automated pavement assessment, and $150,000 from the City’s IT budget.
 
Council Member Yang will introduce the amendments at Wednesday evening’s City Council meeting to approve the City of Minneapolis’ 2016 budget.
 
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Published Dec 9, 2015

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